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Health at a Glance 2019

OECD Indicators

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Health at a Glance compares key indicators for population health and health system performance across OECD members, candidate and partner countries. It highlights how countries differ in terms of the health status and health-seeking behaviour of their citizens; access to and quality of health care; and the resources available for health. Analysis is based on the latest comparable data across 80 indicators, with data coming from official national statistics, unless otherwise stated.

Alongside indicator-by-indicator analysis, an overview chapter summarises the comparative performance of countries and major trends, including how much health spending is associated with staffing, access, quality and health outcomes. This edition also includes a special focus on patient-reported outcomes and experiences, with a thematic chapter on measuring what matters for people-centred health systems.

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Health expenditure by type of service

Factors such as how care is organised and prioritised across providers, input costs and population needs all affect the level of spending across different services. Inpatient and outpatient services comprise the greatest share – typically accounting for around 60% of all health spending across OECD countries (). Medical goods (mostly pharmaceuticals) take up a further 20%, followed by a growing share on long-term care, which in 2017 averaged around 14% of health spending. Administration and overall governance of the health system, together with preventive care covered the remainder.

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